Jul 2, 2011 3:00pm PDT
is embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan when the taliban attack. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. a special gathering to tackle america's serious economic problems. key figures from government, business and academia came together this week in chicago for the clinton global might be difference america conference. the event was the brainchild of former president bill clinton. i sat down with him in chicago for a candid interview on the country's debt crisis, the 2012 presidential race, and much more. >> mr. president, thanks very much for joining us. good to be here. first time you've done this as far as the u.s. economy is concerned. normally it's global issues. and i want to get to that, but let's talk about some of the big issues right now. jobs, jobs, jobs. it's a crisis, a game of chicken going on in washington right now between the president, the did democrats on one side, republican leadership on the other side. how big of a deal is this august 2nd deadline for raising the debt ceiling?
Jul 12, 2011 5:30pm PDT
service. today was all about a moment in afghanistan when petry was severely wounded, shot in both legs, looking at a live grenade that could have hurt his fellow soldiers. abc's john donvan on what he did. >> reporter: above and beyond. that's where leroy petry went in may 2008, afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures, from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being in all the ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who, out there, picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand, but he's alive, rare fororedal of honor winners. who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petry decided he's not done. and when he re-enlisted, he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and we want to honor him, too. >>> and, still ahead on "world news," one thing you may want to buy to he
Jul 2, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. >>> now, to afghanistan. we're getting an exclusive look inside that deadly attack, by terrorists at a luxury hotel in kabul. an american who was there, having dinner with his family when it all unfolded, had his camera in hand. and tonight, he shows abc's nick schifrin, what he captured. >> reporter: it started as a serene tuesday night in kabul. ali omar, that's him there, filmed his family joking around. they sat outside the intercontinental hotel. >> by the poolside, having dinner. >> reporter: then, the shots started. first, in the distance. then, a little closer. and then, just as that police officer there, is walking away. >> they killed him. up close. after they hit him, they turned around, just started spraying. >> reporter: ali runs through the dark. still filming. >> i said my prayers. if i die, i die. i'm watching the guy. he's just shooting in the crowd. i'm staring at him. if i can see him, he can see me. i ran and jumped the wall. there were about 16 of us on the other sid. >> reporter: they waited there. that's his father. that's his cousin. nobody helped them. >>
Jul 2, 2011 6:00am EDT
, and we were doing great things over there. >> the 19-year-old served in afghanistan on the scout sniper platoon and we are gla he is home safe and grateful to our troops, as always, this 4th of july weekend. >> those are the headlines and now we send it over to rick for weather. rick: the summer is feeling like the end of summer for so many. look how june shaped up for us across so much. a lot of texas, the hottest junes ever in midland. and miami, florida, the driest june on record. and tulsa, oklahoma, 29 days above 90 degrees and that ties a record. and now the drought monitor: a lot of drought across the southern area of the united states from arizona to florida and the drought now beginning to stretch across the mid-atlantic. we need rain. we will not get it. and now, a look at what we have for the day today, it is actually quite a nice day with showers down across florida, and hot across the plains, and 102 in wichita and in the west we will see a nice day, finally, the west has been cool, and 77 in seattle with warm conditions and hot across the southwest. and, dave, over to you.